By now, it can probably only still be easily purchased in Greece, making it quite a difficult album to obtain. Vangelis decided to take Warner's existing Blade Runner soundtrack release and repackage it together with two extra CDs. This combination, a licensing challenge extraordinaire, resulted in the "Blade Runner Trilogy" album, released by Universal. With disc 1 unchanged from the Warner release, disc 2 contains music from the film that was not included on disc 1, supplementing it with music composed for but never actually used in the motion picture.
Disc 3 is a completely new Vangelis album, composed and recorded in andinspired by the Blade Runner movie and with some references to the original score, created and released to celebrate Blade Runner's 25th anniversary. Sincefans of both the movie and its music had been venting their complaints and frustrations on the existing release. While it's intrinsic quality was almost exclusively hailed, some were disappointed that various important and some not so important musical cues from the movie that were not represented on the soundtrack release, while others thought the album's inclusion of bits of dialog from the movie did not allow the material to be fully enjoyed on its own merit.
The promise of a three disc set raised expectations sky high. For Vangelis, albums are more than an archive of separate music cues put together. They have to be crafted in ways to work in a different setting. Added to that, conflicting desires e. Indeed, some important cues still remain unreleased, and some tracks could have been released unaltered or in longer versions. But despite such complaints, "Blade Runner Trilogy" is a very satisfying album, finally allowing this magnificent music the space it deserves, with some welcome afterthoughts added 25 years after the fact.
The release is much more complete than the album, with a wealth of unreleased and unused pieces of Blade Runner music unlocked for the world to listen to, together with an album of new electronic Vangelis music, which has the same roots of inspiration as the the original masterpieces and gives a fascinating glimpse into Vangelis' memories of the Blade Runner movie as well as his imagination of what else this world would have to offer, should you go back to Scott's vision while filming outside of the story they happened to capture in the movie.
Highlights of the 2nd CD include the unreleased "One Alone" as well as "Desolation Path", the extended track of what was once known as the "Alternate Love Theme", heard in an early work print of the movie. Other highlights are the tracks that were much mourned as absent on the CD, including "Dr. Tyrell's Death". The new album, called "BR 25" features 12 new tracks, all infused with some of the urban angst that is so closely associated with Blade Runner, but also venturing beyond the limits of where the original score took us.
The artwork is full of beautiful stills from the movie, and director Ridley Scott wrote a new foreward for this set specifically. Blade Runner still stands, like a landmark in the musical landscape, inspiring other artists to produce works that follow its sound, shape or musical vocabulary: derivatives and tributes that come and go, but collectively perpetuate further traces of this soundtrack's influence into popular as well as alternative music.
Vangelis' spectacular soundtrack album for Oliver Stone's movie about Alexander the Great. In the wake of "Mythodea", Vangelis continued the use of genuine orchestra in his music, moving more into the "epic film score" territory that a production like this asks for. At the same time, Vangelis never looses sight of his own sound and style, which has made his music so loved. This combination has made the album very popular among most of his fans, except for those listening only from the electronic music perspective, or those who are mainly nostalgic for the "Nemo studios" sound from the 80s.
The music fits a historic movie set in times of King Philip and Alexander the Greatbut isn't as Greek or semi Byzantine read: heavy as "El Greco" or even "Mythodea". The album starts with some of the more lyrical tracks, with Titans probably as the most recognizable melody, with the humming choirs and crashing cymbals.
Other parts of the album turn attention to the exotic flavors as Alexander conquers the East or the more heavy handed human tragedy when his health begins to fail, but it's never long before another epic melody along with the expected choirs, tympani and crashes keeps the spirits up. Roxane's Veil" here is performed with Vanessa Mae on violin.
The track was originally composed for Mae's album "Choreography" but its melody appeared in the movie for a love scene between Alexander and his new wife Roxane.
As with most of Vangelis' soundtrack albums, much of the music on the album differs from that heard in the movie. Some tracks are different recordings e. As always a great number of themes some very good and prolific heard in the movie aren't found on the CD at all.
One more variation of this album has to be mentioned, even though it was never commercially available. Back in when the studio was hoping "Alexander" would be considered for Oscar nominations, a modified version of the album was created. It was produced in very limited numbers, burned as a CD-R with only a single cover sleeve, as is quite custom for Oscar promo material, and send to the selection of the Academy that decides the music nominations.
It didn't succeed, but sometimes those promotional CDs reach second hand shops or collectors specialist stores. Because of the fact that it Movement IX - Vangelis - El Greco (CD two otherwise unreleased tracks, it has become a much sought after item. No official track list is included, but the following list using titles of the commercial release will help understand the structure of this alternative version.
The second is the melody we know from "Tender Memories", but performed more delicately on harp and strings, as heard during some of Alexander's infant scenes. To hear as much of the music composed for this project as possible, one would need to listen to both versions of the soundtrack CD, watch both the theatrical cut of the movie as well as the longer "Final Cut" it seems that the intermediate and shorter "Director's Cut" did not contain any music not heard in Album) two other cuts and then watch a number of DVD extra that used some more of Vangelis' music, some of it not heard before, being Sean Stone's documentary called "Fight Against Time", as well as the "Resurrecting Alexander", "Perfect is the Enemy of God" and "The Death of Alexander" documentary features on other DVD releases.
Vangelis' first release on his new label, Sony Classical is indeed as one might expect, more classical than ever before. It may seem a more elaborate continuation of El Greco, or a more traditional take in the orchestral sense on some of 's passages. Whatever one might feel the need to compare it with, be prepared to find the album to be something else all together. It's commendable that Sony put their commercial faith in a work with - relatively speaking - so little easy hit potential.
The strength of this work will not be found in accessible sing-along melodies or recognizable tunes. However, anyone who's looking for more than that will find everything he hopes for. With amazing grace Vangelis leads an orchestra, a large mixed choir, two perfect sopranos and of course his own synthesizer setup through a world of Greek mythology and outer space Mars exploration.
After an introduction with electronic sound effects, the bombastic opening theme uplifts the spirits to prepare for the more sedate and reflective parts that occasionally build up to the album's dynamic highlights. The sopranos enter somewhere during the fourth track and sing beautiful, slow but also surprisingly complex solos and duets throughout most of the one hour long work.
Choirs, opera vocals, strings, windblown instruments, harps and orchestral percussion dominate the sound, but some of those parts are still played on - or doubled by - synthesizers. The style is pleasantly consistent, often slightly "Greek", always very serious but warm and full in sound.
Sometimes dark, sometimes light and bright. But always in tune with the rest of the music. The music is based on a concert that Vangelis performed with choir and harpists at the Herodium theater in Athens, Amazingly enough the result feels as "Vangelis" as ever in both performance and sound, so that any sour memories of previously orchestrated cover versions are swiftly washed away after hearing this particular recording.
Both sopranos, Kathleen Battle and Jessye Norman - true divas in all senses of the word - provide the album with extra momentum, performing with as much sensitivity and power as they could draw on. The release of this album was preceded by a new live performance: a spectacular show at the Temple of Zeus in Athens, with the entire orchestra and choir present, fronted by Vangelis, Battle and Norman.
The show was used in the promotional campaign by means of television broadcasts, a web site, and many newspapers and magazines wrote about the event. They used the music in their educational program, while the concert used NASA's Mars imagery combined with elements of ancient Greek mythology among the projected imagery, resulting in a surprisingly focussed combination.
Germany and some other countries had a limited first pressing with an extra bonus track: Mythodea Special Edit, which combined the best bits of tracks 2 and 11, the same edit that was promoted in an official video clip. The album version with the bonus track however had a mistake in track list, erroneously naming the "Introduction" as if it were the first movement. At the concert a special pre-release of the album was given out to guests and musicians, housing the Mythodea CD in a luxurious box.
The CD inside is the same as the European release. New commercial version of the limited classic from The original album became legendary instantly upon its release inbeing hailed as superb, by the fans who managed to get hold of it. Three years later Vangelis decided to offer the music to Movement IX - Vangelis - El Greco (CD rest of the world in a slightly different version: a new track order with some altered transitions between the tracks, plus three new compositions, resulting in a total playing time of more than 73 minutes.
The three new tracks were recorded by Vangelis a few months before the release in Athens. They met with mixed response, being labeled 'too light', 'sloppy' or 'unfitting' by some, while being warmly welcomed by others. The new tracks are Movements 3, 5 and 7 on the new CD. The first two are light and playful, the last being a short track featuring classical percussion and uncredited input from a choir and classical vocalist, reminding of Vangelis' "Mask" album.
Be sure not to confuse this album with his release "El Greco Original Motion Picture Soundtrack", which represents the score Vangelis wrote for Smaragdis' film about the painter Vangelis had already paid tribute to before, in this studio album. Since the track names consist of Movement numbers, the change in order and the insertion of new tracks caused most of the track names to differ from the original release. A comparison:. None of the old music has been notably changed or cut.
Only the transitions between the tracks have been altered to fit the new order. Furthermore the first part of the new track Movement 3 On the new album has been dubbed over the ending of Movement 2.
The music was presented to a celebrity audience in Athens' luxurious "Hotel Grande Bretagne", by having the album play over the speakers while the paintings were visually projected to accompany the music. The guests Greek politicians, record company executives, etc. This ode to the Oceans was reportedly written and recorded by Vangelis at a beach house in Greece. It's a calm and gentle album with many sounds of waves and water. Vangelis was personally involved in the sleeve design, as he used to be in the late seventies and early eighties.
The album proved 'too Movement IX - Vangelis - El Greco (CD for many old fans who prefer Vangelis' roots with progressive music, but was welcomed by many of the new age generation of his fans. According to East West the album's record labelsome of the music was originally written for a documentary project about whales. Vangelis in the end however has taken the concept far beyond that subject. In approximately the same period as the release of Voices, Vangelis surprised his fans with this remarkable release.
Later, inVangelis rereleased the music on a commercial CD called "El Greco", where it was expanded with three new tracks and presented in a slightly different order.
Many fans however still prefer the more sedate mood and order of the original tribute CD. Only copies were made. Each CD contain the Greek version of Vangelis' signature, but most likely placed by use of a stamp. It is also hand numbered. All proceeds of sales are used to restore and maintain three El Greco paintings in Greek museums. It followed a fund raising project initiated by Vangelis to purchase El Greco's paintings and bring them to Greece.
The music is a slow, gentle and serious ode to the world El Greco committed to his canvasses. The synthesizer sounds are all reminiscent of classical instruments but only suggest their origin. The result feels very very Byzantine, but in a contemporary way. Despite repeated rumors of the book selling out, there are still some copies left for purchase in the museum shop of the National Gallery in Athens. The box can only be purchased in person.
In a new version of the album was compiled, with 3 additional tracks, being released commercially and not limited as a normal CD. The artwork was new and of course, no book, box or autograph were included.
Also, be sure not to confuse this album with his release "El Greco Original Motion Picture Soundtrack", the score Vangelis wrote for Iannis Smaragdis' film about the painter Vangelis had already paid tribute to in this studio album. Shortly after the commercial success ofVangelis released this album, which might be an ode to the human voice.
But the main part of the music still seems to be instrumental, sometimes with choirs. At first the album may seem to cash in on the Conquest of Paradise hype by opening with a bombastic but solid track that is reminiscent of the Conquest of Paradise single. The German advertising campaign claims Vangelis wrote this as thanks to Henry Maske for his part in the success ofbut that sounds more like a marketing trick.
The rest of the album is calm and ethereal. Many passages are reminiscent of former works while three different vocalists Paul Young, Stina Nordenstam and Caroline Lavelle contribute in surprising ways. In Vangelis recorded the music for Ridley Scott's cult classic "Blade Runner", which was released in For still unknown reasons I will not quote any of the many speculations since non of them was ever confirmed by a directly involved party the original music was never released on a soundtrack album.
A replayed "orchestral" version by the "New American Orchestra" was released but it couldn't match the original at all. Paul M. Sammon's book "Future Noir, the Making of Blade Runner" ISBN mentions an extremely rare bootleg tape 60 minutes that surfaced just before the film was released theatrically, covering a selection of the film's music in very bad quality.
In the Themes compilation CD was released featuring the end titles ending slightly different and the love theme. In a CD-bootleg appeared with the music of the film in bad sound quality, but looking very official "unauthorized replication prohibited".
It contained most of the score plus some bonuses like the sound of the original trailer. Finally in it happened: an official soundtrack album was released, perhaps to back up the theatrical re-release of the film in slightly different form.
In this new version of the film Harrison Ford's voice-over narration was gone, a 10 seconds unicorn dream sequences was inserted and the ending was cut short the car sequence - originally lifted from "the Shining" was cut off.
That's all but it has changed the film's perspectives tremendously. The music on this official album is sadly far from complete. Some major passages were left out, like the chorus accompanying the revenge by Roy on his creator, as well as the beginning of the opening titles.
But what it does offer is FANTASTIC sound quality, well chosen included dialogs and a few extra tracks that were not included in the film, yet written for it or inspired by it. It cannot totally replace the bootleg release, but it is all the more unmissable on its own accounts. This is the soundtrack to Ridley Scott's epic film about Christopher Columbus. The story focussed on Columbus' motivations, and uses his quest as a symbol for exploring the unexplored, doing things no one has done before.
All this was brought to life with stunning visuals and a remarkable sense of detail. This movie needed an epic soundtrack, and Vangelis skillfully provided just that. The recordings on the album differ greatly from those in the film. Some passages are identical but much of the music on the album can not actually be heard in the movie, or appears on the album in an entirely different form. Other music appears in the film but not actually on the album.
This makes it seem more like a studio album than a soundtrack release. Many of the character themes as well as some passages for major turning points in the film like the storm near the end are not represented on the album.
What remains of the album however is not less desirable. A magnificent collection of melodic music, filled with choirs, appropriate synthesizers and ethnic instruments make this album sound relaxing and exciting at the same time.
It is often regarded as one of the favorites amongst Vangelis' fans. It is also his greatest commercial success so far. Three years after its initial release it was used as personal theme by German boxing champion Henry Masked and re-released on CD single. This triggered a huge hype in Europe hitting the nr.
Because the album was awarded with many platinum records East West organized a celebration party for Vangelis, who was to receive the awards in Greece. Present were many famous people including Irene Papas, Milva and Mikroutsikos. The score itself had already been nominated for a Golden Globe award.
A pity that he didn't win this, since Vangelis collects globes as a hobby. The fourth "Jon and Vangelis" album sounds rather different than the first three. Partially because of Vangelis' "new sound", which he had introduced with the Direct album, but also because their combined musical style seems to have changed. The album was not a big commercial success and there were no single-charts successes either. The leaked version different on a number of points, including the existence of an extra song called "Change we Must", extra nature sounds on "Garden of Senses" and a long instrumental opening to "Wisdom Chain".
Some tracks were missing on the early version, including "Jazzy Box" and "Is It Love" which is essentially not a Jon and Vangelis track, as Vangelis was not involved, neither in composition nor in the performance.
This one however has been drastically cut: The unreleased original version had a delightfully subtle instrumental opening by Vangelis which ends in the waves you can still hear as the start of this version. Finally the song "Shine for Me" is a bit different and "Money" is mixed differently. Notice that the uncredited female vocals on "Change we Must" are the lovely voice of Mary Hopkin, who also sang "Rachel's Song" on the "Blade Runner" release.
This moody album tries to capture the spirit of a day in a city from one morning to the next morning. Various musical ambiances represent different parts of day or night. The heavy "Nerve Center" features crunchy guitar sounds and electronic choirs. Twilight is a mysterious harp tune. Procession a simple but impressive hum along melody and a fitting finale to the work. Some of the music has a "jazzy" touch, showcasing synthesized wind and brass instruments, Album).
Many musical genres are used throughout, making it a versatile album. Its moody and generally slow pacing makes some people call it depressive, others call it thoughtful. Vangelis moved to a new label temporarily Arista and introduced a totally new style with this album. He started using more sample based sounds and an impressive new style of production, giving this album an unmatched clear and diverse "sound".
On top of that come the highly original but accessible "pop meets classic"-composition techniques as well as Vangelis' impeccable musical experience.
This album seems to be one of the most popular amongst the fans. Vangelis announced this album as the first in a series of interconnected albums that would explore a wide range of the musical spectrum. It is not known however which later albums can be counted to these series.
The "Elsewhere" Vangelis site. Written and maintained by Dennis Lodewijks and Sufian. Index The album pages detail all the albums Vangelis released - including his most important collaborations - in reverse chronological order.
Chariots Of Fire - The Play. El Greco soundtrack. Blade Runner Trilogy. El Greco. Foros Timis Ston Greco. Blade Runner. Page of Life. The City. Rosetta Origins Arrival Starstuff Infinitude Exo genesis Celestial whispers Albedo 0. Sunlight Philae's descent Mission accomplie Rosetta's Waltz Perihelion Elegy Return to the void Chariots Of Fire - The Play Chariots of Fire Previously released, updated 2. Physical Energy 3. Home in the Glen 4. Eric's Theme updated 5. Abraham's Theme Previously released 6.
Harold's Despair 7. Belief 8. Ballard 9. Aspiration Eric's Pleasure Lord Lindsay At The Starting Blocks Epilogue After the Race Jerusalem Previously released [Not Vangelis]. Swiadectwo - Muzyka Filmowa Sanctus 2. Aeternitatem 3. Humanum Est Dziecinstwo 5. Podroze 6. Swiadectwo 1 7. Powolanie 8. Swiadectwo 2 9. Triumf Movement IX - Vangelis - El Greco (CD 3 Nadzieja Zlo Cierpienie El Greco Original Motion picture Soundtrack Part 1 2. Part 2 3.
Part 3 4. Part 4 5. Part 6 7. Part 7 8. Part 8 Composed and Performed by Psarantonis 9. Part 9 Part 10 Part 12 Part 13 Part 14 Part 15 Evangelos Odysseas Papathanassiou born 29 March in Volos,Greeceknown professionally as Vangelis, is a Greek composer of electronicprogressive, ambient, jazz, and orchestral music.
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